The believer “confesses” (3034) his sins. Is this to God or to man? It doesn’t seem clear to me. I would guess that it could be to either or both depending on the situation. When it comes to confessing to people it is easy to abuse the concept. One of the brainwashing techniques of Marxism is to have people sit around and confess to having thoughts that violate the doctrine of the Marxist religion. It is important to confess something. If you don’t confess enough you are confronted. It is sick and manipulative. We can get that way in the church looking for juicy sins that are none of our business.
It is possible to get too concerned about this with God. He wants us to confess our sins, yes. He wants us to be open, yes. He does not want us to get so nervous about missing one that we become a nervous wreck. If we are open the Holy Spirit will bring to mind what we need to deal with.
So? Sin happens. Repentance is the cure. Remember that I John 1:9 was written to believers.
(1 John 1:9 KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.And don’t forget that second part.
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